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Posted by androidjunkie at 26 March 2014

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Amazon and HTC have made available the HTC One M8 Unlocked and Developer edition devices for pre-order through their respective websites for $649.

Oddly, that’s $50 cheaper than the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition, but HTC are stating they will be shipping the device in 1-2 weeks.

The HTC One M8 Developer Edition is available in gunmetal gray and amber gold, while the Unlocked version is available in gunmetal grey, amber gold and glacial silver.

For a full roundup of the HTC One M8, check out our featured post, otherwise hit up the link for either Amazon or HTC to order your HTC One M8.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 21 February 2012

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One of the responsibilities of the HTCdev team includes providing a method to unlock the bootloader on several HTC devices. They now allow users to unlock the bootloader on over 30 devices worldwide. Last month we saw them unlock six more handsets on devices near 2 years old. This time around, they continue to open more devices around the same age and some even older.

Recently added to list are the:

  • HTC Hero
  • HTC Legend
  • Droid Eris
  • MyTouch 3G
  • MyTouch 4G

As far as i know, there are already methods of obtaining S-OFF (unlocked bootloader) on all these devices without having to jump through the hoops at HTCdev.com. I would recommend methods like unrEVOked for devices like the Hero or Eris.

From my personal experience working with an HTC EVO 3D, the provided method from HTCdev doesn’t even give you S-OFF. This means the bootloader is still locked down, and its forcing people to use Fastboot methods when flashing custom ROMs and kernels.

While it’s nice to see these OEM’s make an effort to appease the dev community, they still aren’t letting us have full control of the device. Someday they might learn what we really expect from them, but until then we are stuck with this.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 29 July 2011

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The Motorola Droid 3 was recently launched on Verizon as a flagship device, and it’s a great improvement compared to the original Droid and Droid 2. Bell Canada launched a GSM version of the Droid 3, the Motorola XT860 4G. In the U.S., the Droid 3 is currently exclusive to Verizon, but perhaps not for long. Negri Electronics is selling the Motorola XT860 unlocked in the U.S., and apparently the device is capable of running on AT&T’s 3G network. The device is selling with with 850/1900 bands, which means it should be able to utilize AT&T towers. The upside to buying the device unlocked is that AT&T won’t load it down with bloatware, and users can tether without being charged extra.

So, is anyone out there on AT&T planning to pick up an unlocked Droid 3? Leave a comment below!

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Posted by androidjunkie at 29 July 2011

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The Motorola Droid 3 was recently launched on Verizon as a flagship device, and it’s a great improvement compared to the original Droid and Droid 2. Bell Canada launched a GSM version of the Droid 3, the Motorola XT860 4G. In the U.S., the Droid 3 is currently exclusive to Verizon, but perhaps not for long. Negri Electronics is selling the Motorola XT860 unlocked in the U.S., and apparently the device is capable of running on AT&T’s 3G network. The device is selling with with 850/1900 bands, which means it should be able to utilize AT&T towers. The upside to buying the device unlocked is that AT&T won’t load it down with bloatware, and users can tether without being charged extra.

So, is anyone out there on AT&T planning to pick up an unlocked Droid 3? Leave a comment below!

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Unlocked Droid 3 Works on AT&T originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 10 July 2011

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HTC has taken to Facebook to announce that they have taken one step closer to unlocking the bootloaders for their new Sensation 4G (T-Mobile) and EVO 3D (Sprint).  According to the handset maker, they are currently in the process of testing the system out, hoping to have it ready for September.

We’re thrilled to announce today that software updates to support bootloader unlocking will begin rolling out in August for the global HTC Sensation, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. We’re in the testing phase for the unlocking capability now, and we expect it to be fully operational by early September for devices that have received the software updates. We’ll continue rolling out the unlocking capability over time to other devices as part of maintenance releases and new shipments.

The issue of bootloaders may not matter to many Android users, but it’s really important to those that care.  We’ll be really happy once HTC gets out in front of the situation and starts to show other device makers how much good will is behind such a move.  It certainly won’t hurt their growth!

Via: DroidMatters

Thanks for the heads up, zack!

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Posted by androidjunkie at 10 July 2011

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HTC has taken to Facebook to announce that they have taken one step closer to unlocking the bootloaders for their new Sensation 4G (T-Mobile) and EVO 3D (Sprint).  According to the handset maker, they are currently in the process of testing the system out, hoping to have it ready for September.

We’re thrilled to announce today that software updates to support bootloader unlocking will begin rolling out in August for the global HTC Sensation, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. We’re in the testing phase for the unlocking capability now, and we expect it to be fully operational by early September for devices that have received the software updates. We’ll continue rolling out the unlocking capability over time to other devices as part of maintenance releases and new shipments.

The issue of bootloaders may not matter to many Android users, but it’s really important to those that care.  We’ll be really happy once HTC gets out in front of the situation and starts to show other device makers how much good will is behind such a move.  It certainly won’t hurt their growth!

Via: DroidMatters

Thanks for the heads up, zack!

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Posted by androidjunkie at 29 May 2011

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Remember that article I posted a couple of hours ago about a Verizon rep who said that phones with unlocked bootloaders weren’t allowed on their network? Yea, they said that was a mistake. Stand down, folks.

Posted by androidjunkie at 29 May 2011

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Remember that article I posted a couple of hours ago about a Verizon rep who said that phones with unlocked bootloaders weren’t allowed on their network? Yea, they said that was a mistake. Stand down, folks.

Posted by androidjunkie at 29 May 2011

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[Update]: All’s well that ends well, folks. Disregard everything you see below and click here.

Following some good news from HTC’s Peter Chou that states they’ll no longer be locking down their bootloaders in future phones, one curious soul sought to clarify something with Verizon on Twitter – can we use phones with unlocked bootloaders on Verizon’s network? Their answer was quite odd, to say the least:

No, a device with an unlocked bootloader cannot be activated on the Verizon Wireless network. *RB

Funny, that, considering the HTC Incredible (the original), the Motorola Droid (the original), the HTC Eris and the Samsung Fascinate have both had their bootloaders unlocked and those who’ve done it are using those devices on Verizon’s network just fine. Of course, trying to fit an answer inside 140 characters is difficult and some packets could be lost in their need to cut down on ze words.

Verizon could be saying a couple of different things here, for all we know. They could either mean devices will not be sold unlocked out of the box or they could mean they won’t carry devices with unlockable bootloaders. In any case, it’s always important to discern between locked, encrypted bootloaders, and locked bootloaders with encrypted keys.

We’ve contacted our Verizon rep about this one, of course, so we’ll try to get the clear and complete answer from them. Sit tight, folks. [Thanks Bryan!]

Posted by androidjunkie at 29 May 2011

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[Update]: All’s well that ends well, folks. Disregard everything you see below and click here.

Following some good news from HTC’s Peter Chou that states they’ll no longer be locking down their bootloaders in future phones, one curious soul sought to clarify something with Verizon on Twitter – can we use phones with unlocked bootloaders on Verizon’s network? Their answer was quite odd, to say the least:

No, a device with an unlocked bootloader cannot be activated on the Verizon Wireless network. *RB

Funny, that, considering the HTC Incredible (the original), the Motorola Droid (the original), the HTC Eris and the Samsung Fascinate have both had their bootloaders unlocked and those who’ve done it are using those devices on Verizon’s network just fine. Of course, trying to fit an answer inside 140 characters is difficult and some packets could be lost in their need to cut down on ze words.

Verizon could be saying a couple of different things here, for all we know. They could either mean devices will not be sold unlocked out of the box or they could mean they won’t carry devices with unlockable bootloaders. In any case, it’s always important to discern between locked, encrypted bootloaders, and locked bootloaders with encrypted keys.

We’ve contacted our Verizon rep about this one, of course, so we’ll try to get the clear and complete answer from them. Sit tight, folks. [Thanks Bryan!]